Board of Fish Call for Proposals Southeast and Yakutat

The Board of Fish call for Southeast and Yakutat Finfish and Shellfish is now open. Proposals must be submitted by Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Proposals are not complete unless a contact telephone number and address are provided and an individuals name or an organizations name are included. Email addresses are also appreciated.

Proposal can be submitted in several ways
Website: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.forms
Fax: 907-465-6094
Email in pdf format: dfg.bof.comments@alaska.gov
Mail: ADF&G Boards Support, PO Box 115526, Juneau AK 99811-5526

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Fishermen Planning to Set Sablefish Pots in 2017

If you are planning on fishing sablefish pots in the Gulf of Alaska in 2017, you will need to have a ‘pot gear’ endorsement added to your Federal Fisheries Permit that currently has a ‘hook-and-line gear’ endorsement. You can legally have both endorsements on your FFP. If you wish to drop an endorsement from your FFP, this can only be done once in a three-year cycle. However, there are no restrictions on adding an endorsement and it can be done at any time.

 

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Regulations for the Gulf of Alaska Sablefish IFQ Fishery

50 CFR 679.2 Pot gear Pot gear means a portable structure designed and constructed to capture and retain fish alive in the water. This gear type includes longline pot and pot-and-line gear. Each groundfish pot must comply with the following: (i) Biodegradable panel. Each pot used to fish for groundfish must be equipped with a biodegradable panel at least 18 inches (45.72 cm) in length that is parallel to, and within 6 inches (15.24 cm) of, the bottom of the pot, and that is sewn up with untreated cotton thread of no larger size than No. 30. (ii) Tunnel opening. Each pot used to fish for groundfish must be equipped with rigid tunnel openings that are no wider than 9 inches (22.86 cm) and no higher than 9 inches (22.86 cm), or soft tunnel openings with dimensions that are no wider than 9 inches Read more...
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ASMI seeks Communications Director applicants

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is seeking applicants for a Communications Director position. The position is in Juneau, and supports the ASMI US and international marketing programs. Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree, strong communications skills, and fisheries and/or government affairs experience is preferred. Applications are due by 4pm on November 24th and can be sent to hire@alaskaseafood.org. The full job description and application process can be found here.

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Southeast Seine Buyback Update

NMFS approved the Southeast Revitalization Association’s plan to buyback 22 southeast seine permits. The NMFS Fleet Consolidation Loan Program Manager, Mike Sturtevant, will be holding public meetings throughout Southeast AK to discuss the plan and answer questions. You can also reach him at michael.a.sturtevant@noaa.gov or (301)427-8799. This second round of permit purchases would use $5.8 million of the $10.4 available and acquire 22 permits. There are currently 315 permanent S01A CFEC permits. The voting period will begin December 13, and end on January 13 at 5pm. Any ballots There will be four outreach meetings: -Monday, November 14, from 2-4pm in Sitka at the Westmark Sitka Hotel at 330 Seward Street -Tuesday, November 15, from 3-5pm in Ketchikan at the Best Western Plus Landing Read more...
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OUTHEAST ALASKA REGIONAL PLANNING TEAM, PURSE SEINE TASK FORCE, ROK, AND DRIFT GILLNET TASK FORCE MEETINGS SCHEDULE

Sitka. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the following information about the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine and Drift Gillnet Task Force meetings and the Southeast Regional Planning Team meeting. The department holds annual meetings each year between fishery managers, researchers, aquaculture organizations, fishermen, gear group organizations, processing company representatives, and interested organizations to review the previous salmon season, to discuss topics of importance for management of the fisheries, and to plan for the following season. At the request of participants, task force meetings are held in conjunction with the Southeast Regional Planning Team (RPT) fall meeting. This year both task force meetings and the RPT meeting will be held in Juneau Read more...
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SOUTHEAST ALASKA REGIONAL PLANNING TEAM, PURSE SEINE TASK FORCE, ROK TASK FORCE, AND DRIFT GILLNET TASK FORCE MEETINGS SCHEDULE

Sitka. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the following information about the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine and Drift Gillnet Task Force meetings and the Southeast Regional Planning Team meeting. The department holds annual meetings each year between fishery managers, researchers, aquaculture organizations, fishermen, gear group organizations, processing company representatives, and interested organizations to review the previous salmon season, to discuss topics of importance for management of the fisheries, and to plan for the following season. At the request of participants, task force meetings are held in conjunction with the Southeast Regional Planning Team (RPT) fall meeting. This year both task force meetings and the RPT meeting will be held in Juneau Read more...
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